Professor Ron McCallum, a prominent labour law academic and 2010 chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, said he is "humbled" by the plight of persons with disabilities across the world.
Speaking at a graduation ceremony for The College of Law this week, the first totally blind person to have been appointed to a full professorship in any field at any university in Australia and New Zealand, congratulated those graduating and shared his thoughts on his time at the UN Treaty Body and his four-year post on the college's board.
"There are 650 million persons in the world with disabilities and my job as chair is to guide us in our dialogues with other countries," McCallum said. "In this role I have gained a deep appreciation for persons with disabilities around the world and indeed there have been some moments when I have been awestruck and humbled. It's people like that that keep me in my job and show me the amazingness of the human spirit."
Also attending the ceremony was the Honourable Justice Rose of the Family Court of Australia, who awarded the Sandra Paul Memorial Prize to Peter Hooper - the best graduating Master's student in The College of Law's applied law (family law) program.